South Florida customer returns to store with a rifle because of high cigarette prices
A shopper from Lauderhill, South Florida was arrested for taking a rifle with on a trip to a convenience store.
The man, later identified as Robert Miller, allegedly took the rifle to the store over a dispute with the store owner over the price of cigarettes.
The 60-year-old shopper left without injuring anyone, but shoppers were nevertheless surprised and shocked by the incident.
According to the police report, Miller previously complained about two packets of Pall Mall cigarettes costing $11.
He was one dollar short and was so upset about the dollar difference that he calmly returned to the store with the rifle.
Miller was arrested outside the convenience store a short while later, still in possession of the assault rifle, which had 25 live rounds.
He appeared in court on Friday and faced charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. The prosecutor said:
"I am extremely concerned that because Mr. Miller thought that the clerk was messing with him about the price of cigarettes, he decided it would be prudent to go and obtain a long rifle."
Miller was released on a $25,000 bond and issued with a GPS ankle monitor; a was ordered to stay away from the store.
In a similar incident, a man was arrested in Madison after acting hostile towards customers at an East Side restaurant on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old patron was charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and obstructing a street after he was rude to both staff and other customers.
Both these cases ended without any lives lost, but it could have so quickly turned into a tragedy, and the effects of a shooting remain with the victims and their families for years.
Earlier this year, survivors from the Tree of Life shooting in Squirrel Hill spoke out about the day a shooter walked into the synagogue with a loaded weapon.
Eleven people lost their lives when the shooter, Robert Bowers, opened fire on the churchgoers. Follow our Twitter account, @amomama_usa, for more.